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Abbey helps smooth the way for first-timers

Abbey National has helped to publish a Rough Guide to getting a foot on the property ladder.

The Rough Guide to Buying Your First Home warns first-time buyers about the pitfalls of the housebuying process. It covers everything from planning finances to dealing with estate agents and solicitors.

Abbey says Easter typically heralds the start of the homebuying season and it will give a free guide to any first-time buyer who completes an initial interview with one of its mortgage advisers.

The 100-page guide covers 10 main topics, including dream homes, estate agents, viewing and making an offer, mortgages, lawyers, surveyors and financial advisers, insurance, cutting costs, packing, moving and a list of key contacts.

The lender says Rough Guides are not just for globetrotting. They now cover such diverse topics as pregnancy, cult TV and even Elvis Presley.

Head of mortgage marketing Guy Aldwinckle says: “Everyone has heard the first-time buyers&#39 horror stories that can be fraught with anxiety and stress. This guide aims to help avoid the pitfalls and make buying your first home as painless as possible.”

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